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Hey all, I had my heart set on getting an HDT, but circumstances aren't looking good to go that direction. About the only thing I can afford is one with high miles (like a million plus). If you had a budget of say $20k, what are your thoughts on what to buy? My trailer is a 38 foot long light one. It is only about 12k pounds and a pin weight of about 2200 pounds.

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I suggest using a calculator like this one to evaluate potential tow vehicles. You can evaluate the various model years of the major manufactures to find the ones that will tow the trailer you have in mind. You can then use the NADA guides to help focus on the  ones that will meet your budget constraints.

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The 7.3 is getting old and any that I have seen for sale have very high mileage and are high priced. Additionally, they are noisy, vibrate and lots of stinky black exhaust. I didn't want a diesel pickup until I bought a 2011 F350 with DEF. Very happy with it. Others seem to think that the older diesel engines perform better, they don't. Good Luck

 

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10 hours ago, oldbutspry said:

Are you in a hurry or do you have time to watch for a deal?

 

How about this one?  The installed hitch is only 15k lbs. so it might need replaced but otherwise it looks ok:

http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/showproduct.php?product=12340&title=2000-f350-sd-crew-drw-diesel&cat=21

No, I am not in a big hurry to get a truck. I figure as long as I am in Texas for the winter I will keep my eyes open for a deal. 

That is a decent looking truck, but at $16,500 for a 17 year old truck is kind of high priced I think. I do have a Trailer Saver TS3 in my truck now, so the hitch is not a problem. Also, I am kind partial to a Cummins. I was thinking about a 2007 Dodge with the Cummins 6.7 since they have a 6 speed auto (wife said it must be an auto in case she needs to drive it). Anybody have any experience with them?

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I don't have any experience with dodge diesels but I did a fair bit of research before buying my diesel truck.  With Dodge, I would be most worried about transmission problems.  Maybe it's not bad enough to be a deal breaker, but google:  2007 dodge 2500 diesel transmission problems

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19 hours ago, Mntom said:

Hey all, I had my heart set on getting an HDT, but circumstances aren't looking good to go that direction. About the only thing I can afford is one with high miles (like a million plus). If you had a budget of say $20k, what are your thoughts on what to buy? My trailer is a 38 foot long light one. It is only about 12k pounds and a pin weight of about 2200 pounds.

I only gave 21k for mine. Yes, I spent some money on it but wasn't really necessary. Bed, boxes, couch, singling. You don't have to do this all at once. I have done most as I made extra money. 

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Well, my problem there Glenn, is a fixed income. Little tougher to do it s I make extra money. I had to retire early on disability otherwise I would be out there with you! I am a use to was fitter.........

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I really think a 20k hdt be a better buy than a 20k ldt. They sure easier to work on. Mine burns a little oil but big deal. Not putting a lot of miles on it

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Geez......You guys have me looking at big trucks again..........

Glenn, I have put on 7,000 miles since the end of July and have been sitting all this month! The only thing my wife keeps saying is "we need to get a car then", but for some reason she doesn't seem to remember when I drove for a living. Using one for a daily driver is easy.....

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I think if you are patient, you'll find the right deal. I remember a few months back a couple trucks came through this site for some good deals. So you don't need a bed and you have a hitch, but the truck must be auto? Or are you okay rowing the gears in the HDT? 

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Some things seem to go in cycles. I've been following a couple of possible toweds for several months now, and first one of them is readily available and the other is nowhere to be found, then the other one is and the first one is nowhere to be found.

Suggestion: have your cash ready so that when you find something that you like you can offer cash for a nice reduction in price. I don't mean that you have to walk into the dealership with 20 $1000 bills in your wallet, but if you have any financing arranged in advance and can leave a substantial cash deposit so you can come back tomorrow and finish the deal you are more likely to get the price knocked down some. Of course, if you want to walk in with actual cash in the wallet you may not have to take it all out.

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1 hour ago, BlueLghtning said:

I think if you are patient, you'll find the right deal. I remember a few months back a couple trucks came through this site for some good deals. So you don't need a bed and you have a hitch, but the truck must be auto? Or are you okay rowing the gears in the HDT? 

Nope, don't need a bed right away. I would have no problem with rowing gears, but my wife said she wants an auto shift in case there comes a time for her to drive the truck. That actually makes sense due to the fact I am 62 years old with a family history of cardiac issues. If not an auto shift there is a family member that can come drive it.............

35 minutes ago, kb0zke said:

Some things seem to go in cycles. I've been following a couple of possible toweds for several months now, and first one of them is readily available and the other is nowhere to be found, then the other one is and the first one is nowhere to be found.

Suggestion: have your cash ready so that when you find something that you like you can offer cash for a nice reduction in price. I don't mean that you have to walk into the dealership with 20 $1000 bills in your wallet, but if you have any financing arranged in advance and can leave a substantial cash deposit so you can come back tomorrow and finish the deal you are more likely to get the price knocked down some. Of course, if you want to walk in with actual cash in the wallet you may not have to take it all out.

Cash is ready. There will be no financing of the truck. Worst case scenario I can make a phone call and have the funds wired.

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